Nov 19, 2012 2:00am PST
. president obama's six-hour visit marks the beginning of a new era. but not everyone is celebrating. >>> and vice president biden tours the battered new jersey shore with a promise of unwavering federal support. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> good morning, christine. good morning, everybody. i'm alina cho. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. thanks so much for being with us on this very, very early monday morning. >> it is early. but up first, the bombings and the bloodshed on the rise in gaza. the last day has been the deadliest. 11 civilians, including four children, killed by an israeli missile that leveled a two-story home in gaza city. there's no letup in sight to the violence. representatives of israel and hamas are in egypt separately for peace talks. hamas issuing its demand for a cease-fire. they want israel to end a long-running military blockade of gaza immediately. the carnage from the last 24 hours, arwa damon is in gaza city. >> reporter: the large slab of concrete and mangled metal finally gives way. buried beneath it, another lifeless body.
Nov 19, 2012 12:00pm PST
, president obama got a warm welcome during his historic visit to burma. but it was a chillier reception in the next stop. [ female announcer ] research suggests cell health plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day women's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. it has more of 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day 50+. >>shepard: i am shepard smith and this is the "studio b" at the bottom the hour. world leaders trying to hammer out a deal between israel and hamas as both sides pound each other. egypt is calling for hamas to stop the rocket attacks and hamas is demanding israel stock the blockade. president obama called the egyptian president and the israeli prime minister. working out a truce will not be easy considering both consideration each other a terrorist organization. the israeli military reports they stand ready to invade gaza. here is what it looked like on the ground there this afternoon. >> all along the gaza strip outposts have now popped up, with communication centers set up the past 24 to 48 hours and now it resemb
Nov 18, 2012 11:30pm PST
more taxes -- and that is who should pay more taxes. the tax rates president obama wants does not solve the problem say the opponents. >> we take the president's deal that he has brought to the table. do you know how many days that pays for the federal government? not eight days, not eight months, eight dayless. >>> house minority leader nancy pelosi anticipates an agreement by mid-december but she says democrats will not accept the plan that fails to include a tax hike for the wealthy. >>> an environmental justice group claims that cancer causing dust from the chevron refinery in richmond is linger. five samples contained high levels of carcinogens. a public hearing on pollution control improvements at the refinery is set for tomorrow morning in san francisco. >>> the head of a houston based energy company who's oil platform in the gulf of mexico exploded last week today spoke publicly about the two workers killed in that blast. the explosion happened friday at a black elk energy platform. 11 people were injured. four seriously. two workers jumped from the burning rig in the
Nov 19, 2012 3:00am PST
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Nov 19, 2012 6:00am PST
months ago saying after george mitchell, the obama administration's special envoy for israeli/palestinian peace negotiations, after he ended his tour without any success at all. that's been more than a year ago. maybe a year and a half or so ago. i said they need -- really, they need someone who's got clout with the israelis. who's got clout with the palestinians in the arab world. i thought bill clinton, especially with his wife leaving as secretary of state, maybe that would be a good assignment for him. he's taken on other assignments like haiti relief, for example, the tsunami. i know he got -- the final months of his presidency to a deal between the israelis and the palestinians. i think mccain may be on to something. i don't know if bill clinton would want to do it. i've asked him that question in an interview i did with him a few months back. he didn't say no. he didn't say yes. but i think they need someone of that caliber to -- assuming that they achieve a cease-fire and that there's no great guarantee that they will, let's say they do, they need to follow up quickly
Nov 18, 2012 11:00pm PST
in myanmar earlier today. president obama is the first sitting american president to visit that country. the obama administration strongly supports democratic reforms there. the president is meeting with myanmar's reformist president and advocates. >>> today was the anniversary of the jonestown massacre. for the first time family members could gather at an official permanent memorial. in a brief service at oakland's evergreen ceremony, they unveiled four stone panels engraved with the names of all who kind november 18th, 1978. not everyone is happy about one name, james jones. jones is the san francisco minister responsibility for the mass suicide in guyana. >> horrific. we lived that tragedy. my family. many people never got over it and now we have to see the insult. >> mof the survivors see the memorial as a critical step in healing. more than 400 jonestown victims are buried at ever green. it was the only cemetery in the united states to accept the bodies. for decades it was marked by one granite stone. >>> in the aftermath of hurricane sandy vice president biden is assuring people i
Nov 19, 2012 7:00am PST
community. now president obama makes this historic trip, becoming the first u.s. president to visit myanmar, country formerly known as burma. a rousing welcome for the president. a sea of people eager to catch a glimpse of the motorcade. uniformed school children waving u.s. and myanmar flags for miles. a red carpet welcome. mr. obama made an unannounced stop, a 2,000 year old holy site, center of buddhaism. a monk led them in a ceremonial pouring of water over the head of a buddha statue. then it was off to aung san suu kyi's house, where the activist lived under house arrest for years. >> i would like to say how happy i am to receive president obama in my country and in my house. >> reporter: later, the president formally addressed the people of myanmar in a speech at a university where he justified his trip to this not yet free country. >> i sent a message to those governments that ruled by fear. i said in my inauguration address we will extend a hand if you're willing to unclench your fist. under the president, the desire for change has been met by agenda for reform. so today i've come
Nov 19, 2012 11:00am PST
is that the united states is involved, president obama we have been told, even as he's in asia, has been calling both the prime minister of israel and the president of egypt to be updated and to give the u.s. point of view on all of this. but it is egypt who is taking the lead and all the u.s. and other officials are talking to the palestinians via the egyptians. >> christiane amanpour, appreciate it, we'll check in with you throughout the day and well into the night here on cnn. >>> ben wedeman was early on the scene of the strike that we witnessed earlier today. several hours today -- several hours earlier today on the media center, three rockets hitting a lower floor in that building according to israeli officials, killing one member of islamic jihad and palestinian sources on this side also verifying that. ben filed this report. take a look. >> reporter: about 3:20 in the afternoon we heard three large explosions. we saw a great big ball of flame coming out of the third floor. it appears to have been an israeli air strike. this is a building that contains the offices of a television station affil